Faculty & Staff
Leadership & Policy
The Role of Experimentation and Medical Mistrust in COVID-19 Vaccine Skepticism
For many people in the United States, the approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines symbolize hope for the end of a virus that has plagued this country and the world. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported 373,167 COVID-19-related deaths across the United States as of January 11, with Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) being disproportionately impacted.
January 12, 2021
International Students Elevate Higher Education
As an international scholar and a woman of color who worked in a higher education context and in a predominantly White university for eight years, I had my share of experiences with racial microaggressions. Microaggressions in this sense were comments that are based on stereotyping and clichés about my country of origin, my religion, and an ignorance that could be linked to White superiority and lack of desire to learn about other cultural and international groups.
October 23, 2020
Trump’s Handling of Census Proves He’s the Anti-Diversity President; Plus, Univ. of California’s White Affirmative Action
The presidential debate is coming up on Tuesday, but there’s no question about this: Donald Trump heads the most hostile administration when it comes to diversity.
September 28, 2020
Asian American Pacific Islander
Stare Down the White Gaze: Demystifying the “Model Minority” Stereotype
“You brought the virus here.” These words were thrown at me on a street corner as I walked my dog, soon after the stay-at-home order was issued. Before I realized that these words were meant for me, the man who uttered them already moved on.
June 30, 2020
Three Steps to Civic Love in the Time of COVID-19
To serve those to whom we belong well, attentiveness and affinity are key. Affinity and awareness amount to a form of love. Serving well is love in the time of COVID-19, and I offer these three steps to consider.
April 2, 2020
What if Western Illinois’ Jack Thomas Were White or Asian?
As a lonely adjunct, a Filipino American teaching at a state school, I am but a wee voice in higher ed. But what if I were Jack Thomas at Western Illinois University, the school’s very first Black president?
June 17, 2019
Report: Education is Key Factor in Gender Bias Among Women in Politics
As campaign season for the 2020 presidency begins with more women competing for the nomination than ever before, gender bias continues to affect their chances of political success, with 13 percent of Americans believing that men are more emotionally suited for political office than women.
April 17, 2019
On Our Path, Me and My Libby
I was 18 and a first-year student in college when I found out I was pregnant. I was 19 and just beginning my second year when my daughter, Olivia Isabel, was born. She and I joke that she has as many college degrees as I do, because she was there for pretty much the entire journey, from B.A. to Ph.D. Me and my Libby, on our path.
April 15, 2019
Dr. James Williams: Defying Stereotypes
Dr. James Williams strives to make the college classroom experience entertaining as well as educational, motivating students to be as passionate about their chosen career field as he is about retail, tourism and hospitality leadership and management.
February 13, 2019
‘We Will Be Watching’ – Algorithms And African-American Life
During my senior year in high school I developed an interest in pursuing a major related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in college, so I signed up for a section of physics taught by a college professor spending his academic leave at our high school.
February 6, 2019
Report: Stereotypes in College STEM Classes Harm Black and Asian Students
A recent study funded by the National Science Foundation found that Black and Asian undergraduate college students are negatively affected by stereotypes and labels within their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) academic environments.
January 16, 2019
Sorority Life as an Act of Resistance
My expectations of life as a Black, college student in the 90’s were largely shaped by a TV show called “A Different World.” The show was set on the campus of the fictional Hillman College in Virginia. For the first time I saw a group of students on television who looked like me and whose background mirrored my own.
January 14, 2019
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